As Aam Aadmi Party makes a historical debut in Delhi, Indian democracy can take a bow. Going forward, whether AAP or Arvind Kejriwal continues to do as well as they have done today is for the future to decide. But today, India can justifiably take pride in their greatest institution of all a political system that is premised on some universal values (even if we don’t always adhere to them). But a new entrant has reposed faith in India’s democracy and the system has embraced it.
Today, India lived its soft power by bringing the agents of change into the system.
Victory of Aam Admi Party (AAP) in New Delhi elections indicates the vibrancy and the existence of democracy in the country The results of the four assembly elections make one thing very clear, even as they unfold fully: one, India’s politics is evolving fast and old-style politics is on its way out
There is a visible and vocal sense of crisis in the present environment. The anger is not just about economic decline, inflation unchecked and corruption rampant — which affects everyone — but also about aspiration denied which is why the young are in the demographic vanguard of opposition to the establishment.
Significant in this regard is the set-back Congress has received despite the many social welfare schemes it has launched in its two terms in office – ranging from MGNREGA and the Right to Information to the Right to Education, Aadhaar and the Food Security Bill. It would be hasty to conclude that the electorate has turned indifferent to freebies. But their potential to translate into votes is more and more problematic.
Likewise, to all appearances, the electorate seems to have sent the signal that it does not want to get stuck in a time-warp as far as communal incidents are concerned. No one objects to the courts bringing the guilty to book. But neither do they want past horrors to visit the present and vitiate the future.